This striking English art pottery lamp was made by the renowned Moorcroft Pottery company of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Initially with James Macintyre & Co., innovative ceramist William Moorcroft founded his own firm in 1913. Underwritten by retailer Liberty London, the company went from strength to strength and was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Mary in 1928, leading them to include the phrase ‘Potter To HM The Queen’ on their paper labels as well as in their impressed marks. William's son Walter joined the firm in 1935 and took over management and design responsibilities upon the death of his father in 1945. Moorcroft remains in business today with early pieces by William and Walter being particularly sought after.
This Walter Moorcroft signed lamp has a traditional pear or bottle vase form which has been decorated in the 'Fuchsia' pattern. The body of the lamp has a variegated blue/blue-green background featuring Moorcroft's distinctive slip-trailing technique. The leaves and blossoms have been finished in bright jewel tones.
The body of the lamp has been joined to a metal base having a milgrain edge and four scrolling feet. The top of the lamp has a simple metal cap topped by a decorative foliate band. The piece retains its original Lightolier reflector bowl, patented by Jacob Samuel Hamel in March of 1950. The reflector bowl has a frosted body which attaches to the lamp by Virtue of three screws. The lamp comes complete with a silk shade manufactured by Royal Knight which is designed to rest on top of the reflector bowl.
The body of the vase is in excellent condition with Fine age related crazing and is free of chips and restoration. The underside of the piece has impressed factory marks consisting of facsimile Walter Moorcroft signature, Royal Warrant mark reading "Potter to H.M. the Queen" and painted "W M" initials for Walter Moorcroft. The patinated metal portion of the lamp has a silvery finish which is deliberately aged with some areas of wear related to use. The glass reflector bowl is free of cracks but does have a chip on its rim. The shade is clean with some rips to the interior lining.
The ceramic portion of the lamp is 11.5" in height and the entire piece stands 26.875" as measured from the display surface to the top rim of the reflector bowl which is 6" in diameter across the top.
This handcrafted table lamp displays beautifully and has a saturated color palette which make it a Stand out. A visually appealing and useful piece.